A place to collect website links, such as for film review sites, book titles, relevant podcasts.
September 2022 Ministry Fair “Faith and Film” flyer.
For now, only a few sources with some relevance.
To recall or discover titles: Various lists of top 10, 50 or 100, “All Time” (now over a century) or by genres or by recent year or decade.
Lists overlapping with our interests: Arts & Faith
The oldest All Time lists may be from Variety in US, and so with a bias toward American films, and Sight and Sound (BFI) for the UK, with preference for UK and European films, every 10 years since 1952, latest December 2022.
A list of lists includes Roger Ebert’s all time top ten, crafted in his fine style in 2012, the year before his Tree of Life was transplanted.
Books and articles:
The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, 2009, Denis Dutton
How to Read a Film, 1977 …. 2009, James Monaco
Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art, 1963, 2006, Gerardus van der Leeuw
Anne Marie Reijnen essay on van der Leeuw and this book:
Seeking truth, seeing beauty: theology and the arts: a tribute to Gerardus van der Leeuw, 2008, Analecta Bruxellensia, 13:127-142
Transcendental Style in Film, 1972, 2018, Paul Schrader
Teaching Religion and Film, 2008, Gregory J. Watkins, ed.
Movies are Prayers, 2017, Josh Larsen
Larsen pilots an online film discussion. His next, Feb 25, will link Oscar best picture nominees with questions of interest to us.
How Movies Helped Save My Soul, 2004, Gareth Higgins
The Gospel According to Hollywood, Greg Garrett
A Long, Long Way, 2020, Greg Garrett
Movie Clubs in Episcopal churches:
A google search finds numerous precedents. A quick glance at a few shows that several engage our proposed format: individual viewing, subsequent date for group discussion, in person or Zoom.
Search terms: episcopal (“film club” OR “movie club” OR “film group” OR “movie group”)
or this variant finds others including Joe Coyle’s current church in Cleveland:
episcopal (“discussions of movies” OR “discussions of films”)
Saints and Cinema
Ecclesia Houston: Sacred Frames series,
including Jan 2023, Greg Garrett on the film Magnolia, also on youtube to see clips